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- Maybe Larry and co were worried about Jed in the hour-glass since once it's full, he would be stuck inside and could neither move or talk.
- Alternatively, Jed could be re-awakened if he "died", but his memories of previous awakenings would be erased and he'd have forgotten all about his friendship with Octavius and the others.
- In the Wii video game, what Ahkmenrah said that his brother (Kahmunrah) may know more about the tablet after he died, which indicates that Ahkmenrah died before Kahmunrah.
- This is also supported by the film. Kahmunrah states that his parents gave the throne to his younger brother, but he also claims that he was also a pharaoh. The only way that both statements could be true is if he took the throne after Ahkmenrah's demise. And Kahmunrah doesn't seem to be someone patient enough to wait for natural causes to do his sibling in.
The fact that we saw the inside of a wax statue instead of guts when Roosevelt was run over does throw a monkey wrench into this theory somewhat. The best explanation is that the transformation only goes in about skin deep.
- Jossed. He doesn't know what is happening and wouldn't believe it even if he was told the truth until the very end of the third movie where he sees the tablet glow.
- Except that Kahmunrah knew English, too, and French. Maybe they just absorb whatever's around them, even without the tablet, so they have the knowledge when it does bring them to life.
- It was implied in the first movie that the exhibits still know what happens around them during the day, with the whole Dexter "A storm is coming" thing and Larry's thanks to Teddy, already a statue, at the end.
- Then why can he speak to Atila the Hun in the first movie?
- It's heavily implied that Ahkmenrah and the tablet are a set, but regardless of that he didn't have to learn languages just from overhearing them from the living. He could have learned them from other exhibits, pamphlets, book's kept on site, or audio tours that come in multiple languages. It wouldn't be easy to learn that way, but he's had decades to do it. Also he would have had a pretty good education before he died being a well educated prince, so he probably knew more than one language to begin with.
- Makes sense. After all, there was never a Pharaoh Merenkahre, Ahkmenrah, or Kahmunrah in our reality, so at least a small chunk of ancient history was different. So smaller differences concerning the museums and such isn't too great a stretch.
- Every single movie in the world takes place in an alternate universe, since their protagonists aren't real. Well, except for the non-fictional stories.
- Even then, the non-fiction movies could be said to take place in an alternate universe, since it's just about impossible to get every single detail in a non-fiction movie exactly like it was in reality (not to mention the fact that some details are changed or scrapped entirely for drama).
The Kahmunrah we see in the second movie is not the mummified remains of a man brought to life like his brother and parents. Instead, he and his Mooks are a group of exhibit mannequins. We never see his mummy, nor do we ever hear mention of him from his so-called brother and parents. The Tablet itself was made special for his brother, something that - stands to reason - is also the case with the portal to the underworld.
This would also explain why he did not know the code to activate the portal, as while the Egyptologists that made him knew about the Tablet's lore and the portal to the underworld, they did not know how to activate it, Kahmunrah rationalizing him not knowing as his parents having changed the combination.